Alternative Names

Treatment – muscle strain

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Question:

How do you treat a muscle strain?

Answer:

Rest the strained muscle and apply ice for the first few days after the injury. Anti-inflammatory medicines or acetaminophen (Tylenol) also help reduce pain and swelling. As the pain decreases, you can use heat on the muscle. Stretching and light exercises to bring blood to the injured area can also be useful.

Get medical help right away if:

  • You have a lot of swelling with the muscle strain.
  • You can’t move your arms, legs, or joints.
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